STEP 1: Discovery Flight

The first thing you do when you are ready to start learning to fly is schedule your Discovery Flight.  The discovery flight is your first opportunity to fly an aircraft. You will be introduced to the flight instructor, spend about 15 minutes being introduced to your aircraft, preflight and you are airborne!

STEP 2: Choose your path

Becoming a pilot is a significant decision that takes a great deal of time, effort, and dedication. While being a pilot can be an incredibly rewarding career path, it is distinctly different from simply flying for pleasure. Those who decide to pursue aviation as a career must invest substantial amounts of time and money in their education, training, and certification.

Additionally, a career as a pilot requires a high level of professionalism and responsibility, as pilots serve not only the passengers on their aircraft but also the aviation community as a whole. They must abide by strict safety regulations, maintain their skills and knowledge, and work in tandem with other pilots, air traffic controllers, and airport authorities to ensure the safe and efficient operation of flights. In contrast, flying for fun typically involves less investment and responsibility and is more focused on enjoyment and personal fulfillment.

STEP 3: Time & Hours

Each student decides what schedule of flight training will work best for their lifestyle. While some choose an accelerated schedule, others may choose to fly just once or twice weekly. At Upper Limit Aviation, you will pay as you go, so no large amount of funds are required upfront.

The Federal Aviation Administration has set a minimum time for an applicant to obtain the Private Pilot’s License at 40 hours of flight time but the FAA does not set a timeframe to accomplish those hours. Training can be as rapid or as relaxed as you would like it to be.


If you are a United States citizen, the Transportation Security Administration requires us to simply make a copy of your birth certificate and photo ID issued by a government agency or a United States Passport to verify your citizenship. If you are not an American citizen, you will be required by TSA to complete a TSA screening process. No worries, we can guide you through that process. Once TSA screening is complete, you are ready to enroll in our private pilot course.

A convenient place to upload those documents and get more information is our online application.  Click the button below to begin.


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